Manchester United failed to capture Leighton Baines during the summer transfer window as they simply did not offer enough money, says Roberto Martinez, who has highlighted his full-back as an example for other professionals to follow.
Baines was the subject of intense interest from the Premier League champions during the final days of the transfer period, with David Moyes desperate to be reunited with the England international follow his move to Old Trafford.
Moyes then set his sights on focusing on the Everton pair in separate bids but, having recruited Fellaini, was unable to clinch a deal to see Baines follow the Belgian to Old Trafford.
Martinez has since moved to clarify the situation, stating a satisfactory offer for Baines has never been made, while he has praised the 28-year-old for the professionalism he displayed during the uncertainty surrounding his future.
"Remember there has been a lot of talk that sometimes is misguided," Martinez told reporters. "You get information in the media that is not necessarily true and that can affect the player in the same manner."
"With Leighton's position from all points of view that has always been the case nobody has matched his valuation and from that point on there has never been a decision to be made.
"But clearly Leighton Baines has been an example of how a footballer should behave and in many ways it's a case that we should learn from because it's unfair to put a player in that position."